Master of Science

  • This is the only multi-disciplinary program of its kind in the Rochester region. The higher education student affairs administration master’s degree program integrates psychological theory, interdisciplinary electives, and supervised work experience to provide a solid foundation for entering or advancing a career in student affairs.
  • Gain broad perspective from Nazareth’s psychology, management, and education faculty; and from student affairs professionals.
  • Benefit from being on our small, student-focused campus.
  • Learn how college students develop as individuals and within a socio-cultural context. Understand the underlying dynamics of collegiate subcultures. 
  • See how organizational dynamics and human resource management affect a college. Learn about forces that shape higher education, its changing nature, and the role it plays in a multicultural society. Develop professional skills through two 150-hour structured internships. Integrate these multiple perspectives and disciplines into your professional practice and problem solving.
  • The program aligns with American College Personnel Association and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators standards.

Program is Ideal For

  • Entry-level professionals or career changers who want to work in student affairs — including academic, administrative, residential, or student life sectors — at a college or university.
  • Mid-level higher education professionals seeking career advancement.

Career Information

Become prepared for a professional career or advancement in higher education settings such as admissions, advisement, career services, civic engagement, enrollment management, financial aid, first-year programming, registrar, residential life, student services, student affairs, student development, and student activities. 

Student's Perspective

"The HESAA program benefits from the size of the institution and the receptiveness of faculty and staff. Learning in the classroom is easily translated into practice and experimentation in the highly welcoming 'laboratory' that is Nazareth College."

Alex Ives, '15G, went on to George Washington University in D.C. for his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. There he worked as the assistant to the associate dean for Research and External Relations of the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development and then as an administrative associate supporting a cutting-edge group of researchers.

What to Expect
  • 36 credit hours, including 21 for core courses, nine for electives, and six for internships/practicum (one internship typically at Nazareth and one elsewhere)
  • Preference is given to full-time students, but part-time study is an option
  • Graduate assistantships are offered on-campus at Nazareth and at selected other college campuses 
  • Learning is grounded in rigorous psychological developmental theory and assessment methods

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Program Director

Diane M. Enerson

Diane M. Enerson

Program Director, MS in HESAA in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration
Professor in Psychology
Golisano Academic Center 327

Education: B.S., The Pennsylvania State University University Park and Knox College, (Biochemistry); M.A., University of Pittsburgh (Special Education); Ph.D. University of Chicago (learning psychology and research methods). 

Teaching Interests: Testing and assessment, multicultural psychology, culture and cognition, psychology of gender.

Research Interests: Cultural differences and impact of shared beliefs on learning, both in terms of what is learned and how it is learned, the nature of skilled performance in academic subjects. Factors affecting student learning in college.

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